About the programme
Tajaawob programme aims to contribute to the development of Palestinian society and help readiness for a future Palestinian state by strengthening civil society.
The programme is implemented in a context of occupation, political and social division, and from the definition of its name in Arabic, it strives to create a state of responsiveness and responsibility between communities and duty bearers.
Tajaawob will develop activities throughout Palestine, including Gaza, East Jerusalem and Area C. It will use - and help communities to use - a variety of traditional and innovative tools and spaces to persuade the authorities to improve services and policies. These will be chosen based on what communities most need to see changed, especially relating to youth and women’s concerns.
We will focus on helping CSOs to get better at representing their communities, including those groups of people who find it difficult to speak out and be heard.
Who is it for?
The programme works in 6 marginalised communities across the West Bank and Gaza, helping them better organise themselves, collectively plan their priorities, and empower them to advocate decision makers and other stakeholders for more direct responsiveness to their needs and priorities.
Moreover, the programme works directly with authorities on piloting mechanisms that would facilitate civic participation and more informed decision-making that responds to public needs.
Tajaawob on wheels
“Tajaawob on wheels” is a new initiative designed to bridge the divide between citizens and decision makers, including government officials, civil society representatives, donor representatives. This will include visits by representatives of the Palestinian decision-makers to meet with the communities of Frush Beit Dajan in the Jericho and Jordan Valley governorate; Azzoun and Habla villages and Qalqiliya city in the Qalqiliya Governorate; and Um Salamona village in the Bethlehem Governorate.
A number of “Tajaawob on Wheels” visits had already taken place to targeted Tajaawob localities. We intend to expand the geographical scope of “Tajaawob on Wheels” to reach out to other marginalized Palestinian cities and villages that need spaces for dialogue and engagement with decision makers.
For marginalized communities and organizations interested in using “Tajaawob on Wheels”, please visit Tajaawob website and fill in the application form to be considered by Tajaawob programme.
To get more information about this program and its achievements so far, please visit www.tajaawob.ps.